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It's a hiring freeze, but new hires are not the only ones affected.

Waiting for the hiring freeze to thaw? Turns out that new hires are not the only ones frozen in place. See how a federal employee's contract can still turn into ice. Hiring Freeze Newsletter_Official.jpg

Lawmakers work to eliminate federal employees' due process rights

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Jeff Spross's opinion piece in The Week headlines with a bang (much like most pieces on President Trump) by asserting Trump's "foolish demonization of public workers," and this first line: "The so-called 'greatest jobs president that God ever created' began his presidency by refusing to hire people." Spross refers to an executive order that put a freeze on hiring of federal employees, signed on Jan. 23, Trump's first full day on the job.

But Trump isn't the only one "demonizing" public workers.

Factors that can put your security clearance at risk

While Washington, D.C., is one of the top area for security jobs, not everyone who applies will get a position. In fact, security clearance checks can be extremely strict and eliminate job candidates because of actions that have been taken or things that have happened in his or her past. There are several things that can affect an applicant’s chances of getting a security job.

 

No such thing as nepotism in the Trump administration

The DOJ is thumbs-up on President Trump's son-in-law for White House role.

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Politico reports that the Justice Department has "blessed" the appointment of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to a position as senior adviser in the White House, saying, in effect, that federal anti-nepotism law does not apply.

It seems to apply just about everywhere else - just not the White House.

What is pregnancy discrimination?

If you are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon, you are not obligated to inform your Washington, D.C. employer right away. However, being open about your situation can make it easier for your employer to make sure you are not discriminated against during your pregnancy, states The Balance. Federal law provides expecting women with certain protections against unfair treatment in the workplace. You should take some time to enlighten yourself about what pregnancy discrimination is so you know can protect your rights.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 makes it illegal for current and potential employers to treat you unfairly if you suffer from a pregnancy or childbirth-related condition. It also covers past and future pregnancies. If your job involves duties that can interfere with the health of your pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, your employer is required to find you work that you can perform.

March Without Fear

Thumbnail image for woman-with-banner-during-the-street-protest-72798262.jpgThis weekend promises to be an eventful one in Washington, D.C. Many federal employees may be concerned about their participation in political activities this weekend, whether they plan to attend inauguration events or the Women's March on Washington. How can your political opinions and activities affect your job?

In the Trump era, federal employees face the possibility of retaliation

"Federal managers need to abide by merit system principles, even when there is outside pressure to retaliate. [...] It's vital that federal managers protect employees who anger outside interests when they uncover potential wrongdoing as a part of their job."

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A closer look at religious discrimination

While many people are aware of the prevalence of gender discrimination and racial discrimination, it is important to keep in mind that there are other reasons why employees experience unlawful discrimination. In Washington, D.C., and cities all over the nation, some workers are subjected to discrimination because of their religious beliefs. For victims of religious discrimination, some of whom may not even recognize their rights, the mistreatment often creates various challenges, such as financial problems due to losing a job or an incredible amount of anxiety.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is against the law for an employer to discriminate against an employee due to their religious beliefs. It is also important to point out that employers cannot discriminate against workers because they do not have certain religious beliefs. Religious discrimination manifests in the workplace in different ways and may include failing to make accommodations for a worker's beliefs or harassing an employee because of their religion.

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